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Home Cooking, Cuban-style: Hot Lunch at Cuba Libre

Daytime Program with Lunch and Book Signing

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Code: 1B0292

The best food in Cuba can be found in paladares, small private restaurants generally run out of family homes. From Old Havana to Santiago de Cuba, these tiny, hard-to-find places are acclaimed for the bold flavors and fresh ingredients found in a wide range of tempting dishes, from the homey sopa de tamal to the exotic green mango-chayote escabeche.

The dishes from Cuba’s paladores have been collected in a new cookbook, Cuba Cooks: Recipes and Secrets from the Cuban Paladares and Their Chefs, co-authored by Guillermo Pernot, an award-winning restaurateur and chef-partner at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Discover the island’s delicious cuisine at a lunch specially prepared by Chef Pernot, featuring dishes served at his hot D.C. restaurant.

Cuba Cooks (Rizzoli International Publications) is available for sale and signing.


Canapés:  Fritura de Bacalao (with Aji sauce), Buñuelo de Espinaca (with goat-cheese ranch), Croqueta de Pollo Cachucha (with cachucha allioli) 

Entrada (Appetizer):  Sopa de Tamal (fresh roasted vegetables and Cuban corn tamal, “golden” vegetable broth)

Principal (Entrée):  Pez de Manglar (pan-roasted Black King fish, green mango-chayote escabeche, black bean broth

Para la Mesa (sides, served family style): Arroz con Calabaza (West Indies calabaza squash-jasmine rice pilaf); Caponata Cubana (warm garden vegetable stew)

Postre (Dessert):  Tarta de Chocolate (fallen chocolate soufflé tart, dulce de leche, and chocolate-orange sauce blueberry compote)

Cuba Libre Restaurant
801 9th St NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown